The 78-year-old had earlier been announced as a presenter at the live ceremony in Las Vegas, where she introduced singer Brandi Carlile for a live performance. The moment took place seven years after she suffered a brain aneurysm at her home in Los Angeles.
Fans were moved as fellow artist Bonnie Raitt appeared onstage with the Canadian artist, and helped her read out a word from the telepromter.
“Very important to remember that Joni Mitchell had a brain aneurysm in 2015, and couldn’t talk or walk. It’s a miracle she’s on that stage right now and I’m so proud of her,” one fan tweeted.
“Bonnie Raitt helping Joni Mitchell with a word on the teleprompter…Lady Gaga’s ‘I got you’ to Liza Minnelli… these little moments of kindness and humanity are just the best,” said journalist William Brangham.
“Joni Mitchell and Bonnie Raitt onstage together, introducing Brandi Carlile.... the power,” music writer Anna Zeleski tweeted.
The moment with Raitt reminded audience members of a touching segment at the Oscars last week, when Lady Gaga assisted Liza Minelli while presenting an award together.
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